It’s a brand new year, and you know what that means — it’s time for HGTV to reveal its Dream Home 2012!
They’re describing this one as a modern rustic ranch home (“think fishing camp meets ski retreat with tons of 5-star luxury!”) on the banks of the Provo River in Utah.
The winner of the 16th HGTV Dream Home 2012 will also get a GMC Terrain, $500,000 in cash (presumably to put toward that hefty tax bill that will be coming due), and everything in the house.
Check HGTV.com where you can enter to win
the Dream Home 2012 and take the full tour.
Rick S says
The house seems nice enough but if I won it I would sell it and stay where I am. I would bring back furniture and accessories for my own house :).
Ps hope your holiday was wonderful.
Tiffany S. says
Thanks for showing this. Not my favorite, I have to say, but I much prefer those seaside cottages and my own personal taste is starting to turn much more modern. I really don’t like blue in the house – I’m crazy like that.
I used to send 100 entries in every year and then my husband became employed by Disney so we were ineligible. That’s when I kinda stopped paying attention. Always interesting to look at anyway.
Happy New Year
Julie Harward says
It’s OK but not as beautiful as my home and the setting is no where hear as beautiful as here in red rock country. Come see, and it is FOR SALE too! (www.circlecliffviews.blogspot.com) see my side bar.
Love the laundry room.
I’m with you on the kitchen…just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the house! But I bet I would love it if it was mine!!
classic • casual • home says
All gorgeous…just the drum shades in the kitchen are impractical if you cook much.
Happy New Year, Cutie!!! Thank so much for all your hard work.
i agree, i think that’s whats wrong with the kitchen, the lights are wrong, and it needs more colour
Really don’t like it. No personality and too much a cookie cutter home. Seen one seen them all. I understand you have to appeal to lots of people but please update your thoughts, this look like something from the 50’s only with modern tech.
That home in Redland Bay is GORGEOUS! Sorry but it was so beautiful it required all caps. Thanks so much for sharing.
Off to convince my husband we should move to Queensland, Australia from Ohio, U.S.A.
I hadn’t seen that one. Thanks for the link, Bel!
I so agree that a mudroom is a must, alongside a roomy laundry (since I spend so much time in there) and a bathroom so mud can be showered off after a day on the farm.
Did anyone else notice the location of the towel holders in bath? How impractical? If the house was mine I would definately make changes-starting with light fixtures….
I hadn’t noticed where they put the towel rings, but now that you mention it…
jodi from new jersey says
It’s beautiful! Perfect for a vacation home. The things that struck me were the Windsor chairs in the kitchen and chandelier above the master bed.It’s like they threw them in just in case everything else was too modern– I like that, when they mix it up just right.I will enter every day. It gives me something to look forward to until the Spring!
Becky @ Farmgirl Paints says
the colors are dark…seems very masculine. love the view and that outdoor room is wonderful.
Luciane at Homebunch.com says
Gorgeous, homey and warm! I love this place and I dream having a laundry room w/ double washer/dryer, after all, we’re a family of 5 now! 🙂
Happy New Year, Julia! Many blessings to you and your beautiful family!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
I would love the view, the mudroom and the laundry room, but other than that, it is merely an “okay” house. I do like the stone in the living room too, but I would not want it because my kids would inevitably hurt themselves, or try to climb it. Likely both!
The style of this house really doesn’t appeal to me at all. Even though a lot of warm colors are used in the house, I don’t think it feels cozy or welcoming to me.
Jen @ After The Alter says
oh my goodness I LOVE this dream home!!! Like you said..I’m not always truly impressed but this one is truly beautiful! I put alot of these pics on pinterest! 🙂
The designer they use is so good, I adore her. I’d too sell it if won, but my reason is about location…Utah!
Kristen @ More Than Mulberries says
Welcome to Utah interior design, where everything is decorated as dark as it gets! I’ve driven by this home several times now – it’s close to some property of my in laws. The home is about 10-15 from Park City in a town called Midway. I’m not crazy about the house, but that area is about the most gorgeous I have ever seen as far as mountain settings go. It will literally take your breath away! We love going up there!
Oh, is that a Utah thing? Ha.
I like the great room, and a lot of the house is nice, and I could live in it for a vacation home. However, I hate the modern kitchen and would have to change that to fit in better with the house. If it were my only home, I would have to completely change the decor, using the leftover out of the $500,000 after the tax was paid. Ha
I might consider taking the $800,000 instead of the house. Or selling, or possibly renting the house out to tourists for most of the year. 😉
Anyway, a sweepstakes is always worth entering, I think. 🙂
I have to go back and look at it again, I don’t see a river.
They must have gotten a sale on those hanging lamp shade light fixtures, they have them in the kitchen, media room, changing room and guest room. I don’t care for the cabinets in the kitchen, but they would be easy to wipe peanut butter off of!
That dark bedroom isn’t my taste, but a coat of paint would fix that! It’s a lot of house, and I wouldn’t mind a lot of house..with a house keeper, and a lot of money! I guess that’s why they call it a “dream house”.
Like a number of others, I agree that the kitchen just doesn’t do it for me at all. But I’ve noticed that with this designer, she’s always blowing the kitchen. I like the great room a lot and a couple of the other rooms, but again, the decor is a little ‘off’ for me. But I’d be screaming my head off if I won cuz mama would be seriously heading off to Utah for a screaming vacation!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says
Gorgeous. And I love the laundry room.
Hmmmm. It’s a love/hate thing for me. Love: The exterior, the great room, the master bedroom, the dining room (especially those windows!), that white guest bedroom, the patio and the view. Hate: the kitchen, the media room (especially those drum shades hanging from the ceiling), the master bath and pretty much everything else. I never pay much attention to this giveaway, mostly because HGTV had annoyed me for the last several years.
Timothy Facile says
This is an awsome house, that is practical as well as in a great location. I’d definately live in it.
Timothy Facile says
I’d definately love to live in this one.
I love this home and believe that every home needs a mudroom. I would add one on tomm if I could. The only thing I would change is the kitchen. It’s too modern for the space. I would love to see the cabinets have a slightly worn look rather then the shiny white. The pulls could be less modern as well. Even if they just made them a little smaller it would be a more fitting look and feel.
I love everything else though. It’s a nice blend of new and rustic. I would have no problem living there.
I am lukewarm about this dream home. The colors of the house are a little dark, and the landscape is not the pretty to me. I do like the nook that the dining table was placed in because it is surrounded by windows a lots of natural sunlight. I thought it was odd though that there is no chandelier or pendant light above the table.
I too have been a little disappointed by the recent dream homes. I am sometime baffled by their design choices. For example, I do not like the cabinets on the washer and dryer. I would tire of constantly opening and closing the doors. Also, not sure if I see the purpose of the dressing room. Perhaps if I lived in the home I would understand its use. It’ll be interesting to see where they build the dream home next year! I’m hoping for a lake house in Minnesota.
Chris Costa says
I realy think this home is beautiful I would realy like my family to live here!!!!!!!!!!
Chris Costa says
I love this house.I hope I win so me and my family could live there!
Some of those rooms are just great – thanks for sharing!
Lisa Costa says
This house is awsome! I love the kitchen!
Hmmm, well if they gave it to me, I would learn to deal with it, but I don’t *love* it. 😉
The kitchen seems completely incongruous to the great room, sort of like walking through the door from one room into another actually takes you into an entirely different house. Yuck!
I’m also not a fan of the darkness. I always crave warmth, sunshine and light during the winter months. This just looked cold and forlorn. Nothing some paint couldn’t change, though.
So, my overall reaction: meh. But, yeah, I’ll still enter. LOL
Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage says
I do like it……I love all the room……I think that I would make the changing room a guest room…..where the heck will my guests sleep if I don’t! I have to confess….St. Mary’s Georgia is still my absolute favorite….that was a home run in my book!
I would be very grateful for this home or any home with room in it for my 4 kids! It’s truly very nice more so than I can ever be able to afford!
I’d sell it and get something by the water.
Erin @ The Impatient Gardener says
I’m a bit underwhelmed, to be honest. While the layout is kind of interesting and there are some really interesting architectural features, I feel like the interior design is all very safe and vanilla. It’s almost as though they were decorating to sell it and therefore choosing the safest route, vs. trying to make a really stunning home (not that the two are mutually exclusive, but it often seems that way). I didn’t care for the office chairs as dining room chairs in the last dream house, but at least it was something a little unusual and maybe even avant garde. I think HGTV would do well to shake things up a bit and bring some fresh blood in for their Dream/Green homes. Beautiful location though.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I’m with you…I prefer the rooms with the more classic color palettes. I like the back porch, but not a fan of the hot tub area….
I’m with you: that was not the kitchen I expected based on the great room. BUT, it is the kitchen I’ve come to expect from designers. It’s very two thousand teen, if you know what I mean.
WHEN do you suppose the folks at HGTV, and any and all domain-type magazines, will REALLY look at what bloggers are doing? What they are remodeling, building, renovating, upgrading? Because what I’m seeing is a return to a more traditional kitchen, even with high-end finishes. Sleek and ultra modern is not really creating much buzz with the general public; or am I wrong?
I like the colors, but I just think they don’t photograph as vibrantly as they may be IRL. Warm colors seem to go with the rustic vibe, but I don’t think the photos are particularly well-lit.
Washers and dryers in cabinets seem quite silly; isn’t that the purpose of having a separate laundry room? But, seriously, a changing room? Waste. Of. Space.
Overall, I like the house. Seems to be in the middle of nowhere , though. I like privacy, but not isolation.
Wade Watson says
I just watched the TV show on it and I agree that they’ve done better. I would just take those cabinet doors off the laundry machines. I didn’t see a microwave in the kitchen and the off-island counter space seemed pretty skimpy. What I thought was odd was in what a remote a spot the house was built. There may be views from every angle of the great room now, but unless they’re giving away 300 acres that may not always be the case.
I love the great room. It is GREAT!
I love to hide things in cabinets, boxes, baskets, and even like the idea of “hiding” the washer and dryer, but … unless the cabinet doors slide back into themselves, these would irritate me because they would be open and sticking out a lot, defeating the purpose.
I find that drum shades give off more of an accent than useable light. They give off a pretty glow, but not a lot of real light. There are so many gorgeous lighting options available, so to use so many of the drum shades in the house seems more like a lack of creativity than a continuing theme to me.
What a view – serene, peaceful and overwhelmingly beautiful! It’s a dream, for sure!
Happy New Year, Julia. Not my favourite house. I do like the great room and the kitchen layout, although I would have chosen different colours. I do not understand the drum shades in the media room, and I do find the master bedroom a little dark. I do agree with the other comments on the laundry room, why have the w/d behind doors..another thing to be in the way when transposing wet wash to the dryer. Love the mudroom, although I would like lockers or cubicles in there for more storage and I do not quite get the “change room”. Will have to watch this one.
I like this home (a lot)! But I didn’t see the floorplan on the HGTV web page like they normally have. I always enjoy perusing their use of space.
It seems kind of dark and depressing to me. I’ve never entered those contests, because I’m sure I wouldn’t win. Even if I did, the selling of the home, taxes on all ot it, etc. would be a mess to deal with!
Of course there are parts of the home that I think are wonderful and would love to have but…it looks like an Ethan Allen showroom. Once I started to look at the product list I understood why! It appears that all the furniture and accessories (short of some art) is from Ethan Allen.
What happened to looking for that perfect piece for that perfect place in a home! I know…that is for the person that wins it but it seems that previous homes HGTV did that.
I would love to win it! 🙂
Dusty Coyote says
WOW…not really a crowd pleaser.
I L. O. V. E. it!!!
Well, I have to say…it is much better than some of the recent Dream Homes that were designed like they were folly for the architect. Also, I’m a huge fan(atic) of floor plans…and I noticed they don’t match the house. The weird changing room is actually a bedroom on the plan – much better use of space, but it allowed them to toss in a sauna — maybe in an attempt to make it dream like?
Also, I’ve started to wonder if some of the finishes (like the kitchen) and accessories (like lighting/etc) are the result of sponsor product placement requirements.
Also, yet again and it seems never ending, is our favorite designer Linda. Who I will say back in the day I enjoyed, and it isn’t so much awful now…as the same. The same every.single.time. How *many* times have we seen that black checked fabric? How many times have we seen the Americana theme in some section of the house? It is tired and uninspired to see the same thing over and over again. She’s got a thing for red/white/blue and black/white.
Things I would change:
Grey paint — is that not over yet?
French doors that open and block doorways/traffic pattern (might be sponsor related)
Laundry cabinets that cover washer/dryer – whoever did this doesn’t do laundry
Turn changing rm back into bedroom
Back to back vanities in master – switch closet door on one side and no bumping behinds.
TV over outdoor fireplace – enough with the tvs everywhere
and I know this is an easy personal taste fix but I dislike the artwork.
As far as the layout, it’s much improved. Not a fancy house, but a livable one. Not great for small kids with bedrooms all over but nice separation of space. 2nd story extra bedroom would make a great office/studio. Location does seem remote, but I haven’t seen the tv special yet.
My favorites still are some of the early dream homes.
I use to be a fan of HGTV’s dream houses, but seems like in the past two or three years, there’s been things I do not like about each of the homes they build. That’s how I feel about this house. I love the great room, but hate the design of the kitchen. Why couldn’t they have put in the same cabinets that are in the laundry room? They would have made the kitchen look so much better and they would have fit better with the design of the house.
I don’t like the dark colors in the house. I think it would have been better had they had taken the same colors from the view and incorporated them into the house.
My only other complaint about the house is the cabinets covering up the washer and dryer. They look like they would get in the way. Other than that, the house is pretty nice.
Why would they want to hide those beautiful washers and driers? I do too much laundry to have to open an extra door all the time. Lovely though.
Agree with the other comments, kitchen seems out of place. The great room has those great rustic stone walls, but it flows into a modern kitchen with bright blue tile? I’d redo the backsplash with something more rustic! Also not sure it’s great for a family with little kids. For a while, they were doing these homes with bunk rooms and plenty of guest spaces/beds. This one doesn’t seem to be ideal for young families.
I too was disappointed. The outdoor spaces and of course the view was incredible but the house was just okay. I would love for them to get a new decorator, like Monica Pederson. I love her style.
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I definitely feel like those cabinet doors in front of the washer/dryer would become a pain after awhile of constantly opening/closing. It’s a laundry room. It’s okay to have the laundry out in the open people. 🙂
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Be still, my heart!!!
Katherine @ Grass Stains says
I, too, loved the great room and all of its stone … and was underwhelmed by the kitchen. I wish it were more similar to the great room. And I’d take those cabinet doors right off of the washers and dryers! I’m like you … they’d always be open because with 4 kids I’m always doing laundry!
Syndi @ Beachnut Lane says
I have been disappointed with the HGTV dream homes. I would expect that for a “dream” home, they would tap the best and brightest in design and give us something full of new ideas and filled with color and character. I find this home in particular to be very bland. I do like the living room and the use of stone, but the kitchen has no life and the other rooms are too beige and muddy.
Homes for Sale in Louisville KY says
It is a beautiful home! I’ve been stepping over my kids jackets lately so I’m most impressed with the mud room and large laundry room.
I like a lot of the elements of the house, the architecture and especially the great room with the windows and stones, but I must complain about the HGTV designer who always decorates these Dream homes!! She always put shaker, early american and those D__n counterpane plains and checks in every home she does – none of those work in a Utah, “rustic modern” home. Where is the Swedish influence of the area they described on the TV program – it should be reflected in the home. Where are the navajo rugs – classic element that would work with this home.
……. I think the designer must be from New England, she can’t seem to decorate with the unique location of each home – it’s always the same elements. She bragged about shopping for the home in New York! Why not shop in Utah, or at least Phoenix or even LA where resources and stores abound that specialize in interior design elements that would really reflect the Utah house, and the Park City heritage. Leave the shaker and Counterpane & Checks back in New England where they belong.
HGTV should get a designer from the location – then maybe we’d see some really beautiful interiors with local attitude that would still be appealing to the masses. THank you for letting me vent on this!!!! I love your site. Lorrie
Ms Carson says
The kitchen is very modern in a house that otherwise traditional/ transitional…. so it seems out of place… even the eating area off the kitchen doesn’t fit with the adjacent kitchen.
Julie B. [Holland] says
I have to agree with those who said it was dark. Im not so crazy about it. I have to say I do like a few things, but its not my favorite house.
Jennifer B says
I agree with you on the wall colors. I wonder how long you have to wait before you can change the paint colors?
NJ Insulation Contractor says
What a great home!
Agreed about the out-of-place kitchen.
Did anyone else notice that the captain’s chairs in the dining room don’t fit under the table? LOL! It would stink to sit in one of them–you couldn’t pull up under the table. Sheesh.
I’ve decided that when I win the house, I will change the changing room to an exercise room. With that sauna it will make the perfect exercise room. Beautiful home. Thank you HGTV for giving this away and thank you for your blog featuring it!
I love this home!!! The changing room is a place to change after you spend time fishing on the Provo River which is right outside the backyard!!! My husband myself and 3 children fish the Provo River all the time!! It is an amazing river with amazing fishing!! We live close to this home and would love to live there!!!
houses in Utah for sale says
It’s beautiful! Perfect for those who wants to spent their vacations in Utah! Relaxing home! I love the idea that the washer and dryers are hide within the cabinets in laundry room.
Regina Benson says
I would move in it right away, and have my mother’s birthday party. I would surprize her.
Kathryn Griffin says
Love the great room, but I’m with you on the kitchen. I think it is too sleek. They should have gone a tad bit rustic. However, if I won it, I wouldn’t be too upset. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Dont care what anyone says about it. Its a dangsite more then we have now, so I hope we win
This is definitely my favorite HGTV Dream Home. If I was to win I would definitely relocate.